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Ski season is in full swing: there are deals to be had, expectations to be met, and of course, hotels to be explored. In Europe, the swish Swiss resort of Verbier has been grabbing a lot of headlines, not least among which for the inevitably loud arrival of W’s first ski resort (and unsurprisingly, it has managed to find a rather in-your-face spot in town that makes it impossible to miss).
But to think that that would be all would be a mistake. To find out for ourselves, we undertook what turned out to be a rather epic journey to Verbier, one that involved nearly every possible mode of transportation as we journeyed across Switzerland over the course of a day of mishaps, including an unplanned ski gondola to make it over the finish line at 1,500m (4,900 feet) altitude and our room at the less-than-a-year-old Hotel Cordée des Alpes.
Now that you know what amenities to look for in a full-service ski hotel, here is a list of on-going hotel deals offered by ski hotels across North America to browse as you look for a place to stay.
Be sure to mention the deal specifically when booking and inquire to be sure nothing about the offer has changed. We've broken the deals down by region for easy browsing.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain: The Westin Riverfront has three special winter packages as follows: 1) “Ski for Free” deal starts at $549 per night and includes performance ski rentals for two people, lift tickets good at Vail or Beaver Creek for two, fleece blanket and valet parking. The “Adrenaline Junkie” package has a two-night minimum stay, starts at $785 per night, and includes accommodations in a studio suite, snowcat tour for two, performance demo ski rentals for two, $100 gift card to Maya, backpack, and valet parking. The “Treat the Grandkids” deal has a three-night minimum stay, starts at $435 per night, and includes accommodations in a two-bedroom suite, a nightly amenity of popcorn, milk and cookies or gummy bears, one in-room movie per night, a sleigh ride dinner for four at Four Eagle Ranch, 25% off Westin Kids Club, and valet parking.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa: The “Powder and Pampering: Ultimate Girls’ Winter Getaway” package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival, group “Haute Tub” experience, two-hour complimentary women’s mountain tour, spa day pass, $100 spa credit and spa basket welcome amenity. Rates start at $530 per person for two-nights, double occupancy. The “Gentlemen’s Package” includes three nights lodging, a bottle of top-shelf scotch from a Colorado distillery, “high-quality” cigars, snow cat tour for two, beacons and backcountry gear, lunch at a backcountry yurt, $150 food and beverage credit, one massage per person, and two passes to Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary. Rates start at $299 per person, per day based on double occupancy.
Klammer Lodge: The Ultimate Franz Klammer Ski package starts at $475 a night, has a minimum of four nights, and includes two adult daily lift tickets, transfers from Montrose & Telluride Airports, valet parking and ski valet.
Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort & Villas: The “Champagne Powder” package starts at $379 a night and includes accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine nightly, daily breakfast, and lift tickets. The “Ski and Stay” package starts at $345 a night and gets guests accommodations and a lift ticket for every night of their stay.
Vail Resorts: Vail’s Ski Free, Stay Free package is available across its entire profile of resorts (Colorado, Utah, Tahoe, and Wyoming) and offers the fourth night free when booking three nights. You have to check here for the starting rates at each individual resort.
True, sometimes you need to pack three friends and all your gear into a budget hotel to make ski trips feasible. With gear rentals, lift tickets, and apres beer prices by no means on the cheap end of the scale, cutting costs on lodging is often the only option. But, if you've been saving your pennies and plan on treating yourself right, here are five things you should look for in a hotel that will make your trip that much more pleasant:
Slope-Side Hot Tub/Heated Pool
File this one under "OBVIOUS" and "OF COURSE."
One of the most inconvenient aspects of skiing is lugging around all the gear. Hotel rooms are small enough already - no reason to clog up your corners with boots and poles. Look for a hotel that has a ski shop on-site or a ski concierge, an in-house, full-service team that stores your skis overnight, usually on the ground level right where you come off the slopes. Some hotels that are not located slope-side will partner with local shops to provide guests with ski storage, so be sure to inquire before booking. Last thing you want after a day on the mountain is to be stuffing your skis into an elevator.
Although it doesn't feel like it to us (this contributor is currently in Mexico!), ski season is officially in full swing in the States, with snow falling across the country and temperatures down below freezing in mountain towns out west. While the initial shock of the winter season takes some time to embrace, we know you're excited to hit the slopes.
With the calender now on December, ski deals and packages are really beginning to flood out. Hotels offer a variety of options, including ski and stay deals, discounts on rentals, and packages for both beginners and adrenaline seekers, and we'll dish on the best ones later this week so you can get to booking your trip for 2014.
We see many offers that allow you to save money, but we get most excited about hotels that provide unique perks and experiences for their guests. For example, we're digging Breckenridge Ski Resort's “First Tracks Fridays” program that begins this Friday (Dec 13th), which allows guests staying at any of the mountain's official lodging properties to get on-mountain access one hour before the resort opens to the public every Friday morning throughout the season.
This December, W Hotels will debut their first ski resort, the W Verbier, in the heart of the Swiss Alps and two hours from the Geneva airport.
Verbier is considered one of the best ski destinations in Europe and equally famous for its party scene, so it's a fitting location for the party-centric W brand.
The property will be made up of a 123-room hotel as well as 15 full-service private residences located adjacent to the four housing chalets on the Place Blanche main square, conveniently located next to the main gondola. This means direct, ski-in, ski-out access to slopes like the 3, 330 meter Mont-Fort and 400 km of ski runs.
Also, each room includes a fireplace as well as a private balcony--what is sure to be a killer combo.
If you had $70,000 to put into a room, how would you spend it?
We see million-dollar renovation figures thrown around all the time by properties that are undergoing renovations, however it’s not very often that we look at the numbers on a cost per room basis. No doubt, lots of money goes into each and every hotel revamp, but to hear that $70,000 went into each room at the Wyoming Inn really got our attention.
$70,000 per room? That’s a lot of coin, especially when you think about it all being put into a room that is a few hundred square feet.
We're bringing you a double-dose of QT Hotel news this week, because we couldn't resist the announcement of a new ski resort in Australia. Huh? Australian ski resort? Surely, we meant Austria? Nope! It's true, the sunburned land Down Under actually has some areas that get snow and with the new QT Falls Creek, now's the perfect time to head down to the slopes.
The mastermind hotel designers have taken over the perfect après–ski location situated in the mountainous Great Dividing Range in South Eastern Australia. Just over four hours drive from Melbourne, QT's newest outpost, which was previously Quay West Falls Creek, has 63 alpine one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments that'll have the quirky touch we've come to expect from the brand. Most of the apartments will have private balcony hot-tubs but all will have uninterrupted views of the snow-capped peaks surrounding the resort.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
Spring Skiing Hotel Deal in Mammoth: Most of you might be getting ready to some surfboading instead of snowboarding but at Mammoth Mountain in California, the snow is just getting good. Ok, well, not really but spring skiing is apparently really fun there with both the US ski and snowboard teams visiting and with the Annual Pondskim on April 21. Plus, hotel guests at any of the mountain's hotels get a nightly discount based on the temperature from April 14-May 23. For example, if it's 45 degrees both days, then you will get a $90 refund on your hotel room at checkout. The daily high temp is based on the high temperature at Main Lodge recorded on the Ski Patrol website and you must stay two or more nights to get he refund. Go here to book.
Pay Your Respects to Lilly Pulitzer at Sea Island: The Cloister at Sea Island Resort, off the coast of Georgia, put together this Lilly Pulitzer Mother Daughter Getaway for Mother's Day weekend before the colorful designer passed away but now it seems the best way to pay your respects to the woman who made wearing crazy pink and green outfits acceptable. The deal includes a complimentary upgrade if available; a welcome bottle of pink champagne and green macaroons; a special Lilly Pulitzer gift; one massage for each guest at The Spa at Sea Island; one mani/pedi for each guest; one dinner at Tavola, the resort's new Italian trattoria; one dinner at The Georgian rom, a Forbes five-star resto and one pink rose petal bath for each guests. Rates start at $510 per person per night. So $2,040 for both of you for two nights. The deal also includes access to several Lilly-themed events over Mother's Day Weekend like a tennis clinic with Murphy and Luke Jensen, a Lilly Pulitzer runway show, and brunch on Sunday, although those are separate costs.
The Omni Wants You to Visit Sun Diego: The Omni San Diego is luring travelers to their hotel with promises of sun, sun and more sun. Oh and some sunscreen. Their new Sun Diego package includes room accommodations, complimentary valet parking for one car, two complimentary Seabreezes at McCormick's and Schmick's at the hotel, a bottle of sunscreen and a guide to the best outdoor activities and events in town. Rates start at $281 a night which is a little steep but if there's a ball game going on, it's totally worth it as the hotel is adjacent to the park. Go here to book and use code PKGSUN. No word if you get a refund if it rains but you could ask?
Have a Culinary Liason in DC: The Liaison Capitol Hill has redesigned its new restaurant, Art and Soul, as well as its lobby and guestrooms and is enticing guests to check out the changes with their Artisanal Fare Escape. Starting at $179 a night, the deal includes a stay in a recently renovated guestroom, plus a $100 dining credit for Art ad Soul. Go here to book and use promo code NEWART. The deal is good through September 2nd.
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Ah, Gstaad. Maybe you too have fond memories of swooshing down the mountainside, hiking in the hills, sipping on Glühwein or hot chocolate, and eating fresh raclette cheese. It’s all good. But now, it's even better because for the first time in about 100 years, there’s a new luxe hotel opening: The Alpina Gstaad.
This 56-room Preferred Hotel is a real beauty -- think big stone fireplaces, pine interiors, cozy nooks, timber peaked ceilings and spectacular views of the Alps. No two rooms are exactly alike and, although beautifully-designed, also have plenty of quirk (just wait until you see the cowbell bedside lamps!)
Topnotch Resort at Stowe Mountain in Vermont is undergoing a face lift this ski season, redoing the lobby to provide views of Mt. Mansfield (Vermont's highest peak). The construction will also result in updated guest rooms and a new restaurant.
Despite the work being done on property, the resort is still open for business as usual (FYI there are no longer cranes on property as the project has entered "phase two"). The resort is offering a reduced rate during the revamp , a gesture we can appreciate. The discounted "Renaissance Rate" starts at $200 per night. Normal rates begin at $250. So, you're basically saving the cost of a tank of gas. Pretty decent.
Many hotels remain open during renovations, but with something so central as the lobby under the knife, we wondered how it might affect a guest's experience. So we did some digging around to see what people were saying.
After Euclid's powdery onslaught trapped us in an 6-hour traffic jam en route to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area this Christmas, we sought refuge at the ski mecca's newest piste-worthy pad, Basecamp Hotel.
Hey, if it's good enough for the NYTimes, it's good enough for us -- snowstorm or no!
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Ski at Beaver Creek Mountain Resort in Colorado, and it's hard to deny there's any hotel better situated than the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Other Beaver Creek ski lodges and hotels can promise "ski in ski out" access, but none have Park Hyatt's backyard right at the base of the mountain, not to mention a front yard right in Beaver Creek Village.
You might expect uber exclusiveness given the hotels pristine location, but we recently discovered something unexpectedly communal about Park Hyatt Beaver Creek; free gourmet s'mores.
It was about 4 pm and we were coming in from our last run as the slopes were closing for the day. The sun was already on the move to set and we couldn't help but to notice the glowing fire pits at the Park Hyatt, just steps away from the Buckaroo Gondola. Why not wander over? It was far too picturesque and inviting to pass up.